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V. Very Variable Velocity of Vessels

A-Z: Our 30 day mission: to bring you a tasty boat life tidbit of the day, washed down with a shot of snarky slang. Boat.Life.Larks.

I usually use 5 knots as a planning speed. Full speed ahead is 7 knots. On our sea trial, the hired captain surfed down waves at a voracious 14 knots. That time we were trying to go on vacation and sailed south against the Gulf Stream? -1 knot! Hastings showed his disapprobation by vomming on the floor, similar to his reaction to vile weeds (aka vegetables). 


By the by, our dock neighbors told us they left the next day, took the "counter-current" and were making 8 knots along the same route. Valuable intel? (Un)Verifiable drivel? We will test this in a few weeks although I strongly suspect Valium* was involved in the fabrication of this old wives' tale. 

Side note- to improve our velocity, we have to be vigilant about weight onboard. Do we need that third anchor? To keep 180 gallons of water topped off? 25 liters of vino? All good questions!

What speed do you like to travel at? 90 mph on the highway? 10 mph on a bicycle? Shank's pony (walking) at 4 mph?

*Shelly from the Scarlet Slipper has been sharing. 

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  1. We have to deal with currents a lot up here which can really, really be frustrating at times (we always try to go with the flow). The worst time was when we got caught in what's called the Point Wilson Rip. We had to slow down to 2 knots to keep the greenies from breaking over the bow and coming up to the dodger. It was fun at first, but it didn't take long to get tired of bashing and crashing. Needless to say, we got smarter and have been able to avoid it ever since.

    Cheers, Stephanie
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    1. These currents are terrible! It seems like they are always against us - until we need maneuverability- and then they will be with us, just for a laugh!

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  2. In the Caribbean, we counted on an average speed of 5 knots to plan our trips and more often than not, we would arrive quicker than planned (on our perfect point of catamaran sail - beam reach - we would comfortably speed ahead at 6.5-7 knots). But, in the South Pacific, planning around our 5 knots average speed in combination with hoping to arrive quicker did not pan out as well. Often, because of unpredicted weather and nasty storms and changing course and sails and... it would take us longer than planned to arrive in a comfortable harbor. That being said, I like to travel slow (as in "by sailboat") as long as the trip is comfortable!

    Liesbet @ Roaming About – A Life Less Ordinary

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    1. Slow and comfortable is good. Slow and miserable - not so good!

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  3. Shelley is a little worried that you've outed her as a habitual valium user :-) But, she's looking to make a little extra money on the side, so if anyone needs any, drop her a line.

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    1. No one's judging Shelley for whatever coping tactics she needs to get through days with Bess!

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  4. Ha! We'd be happy to have 5 knots! On our slow heavy -- but super comfy -- boat we plan 4.

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  5. Finding you first the first time on the V day of the #Challenge while out blog hopping from NC. Fun to find people living their dream. If you have time or interest, I have been writing about hotels & inns, their architecture and architects, the setting where they are located. Sail by if you can.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by the blog Stepheny! I will pop over to your blog - love meeting new bloggers through this challenge!

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